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Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Conference News and Information

June 3, 2016

Mary T. Morgan Wins Local Bar Leader of the Year Award

The Virginia State Bar Conference of Local Bar Associations has bestowed the 2016 Local Bar Leader of the Year Award to Mary T. Morgan, a partner in Golightly Mulligan & Morgan PLC in Hampton Roads.

Morgan is the immediate past president of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association (NPBA) and has served in leadership roles in a number of other bar organizations including the James Kent Inn of Court, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Federal Bar Association, and the Portsmouth Bar Association.

In nominating Morgan, Judge David W. Lanetti wrote that, “Although this nomination is for a bar leader award, true bar leaders take their legal training out into the community.”  Lannetti noted that Morgan volunteers throughout her community in schools, churches, and the Edmarc Hospice for Children, where Morgan is chair of the board of directors.

T. Wayne Williams of Williams DeLoatche PC in Chesapeake, who is a past president of the NPBA, wrote that, “Mary handled almost all leadership roles in our organization and has done so with full commitment and excellence whether it be chairing the Bench Bar Committee, assisting with CLE programs, assisting with the Mock Trial program I coordinate for the Norfolk Public Schools as a teacher and judge, or chairing committees for the NPBA recommendation for judicial nominees.”

Morgan is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and her practice focuses in the areas of professional liability defense, bar complaint defense, and general civil litigation.

The Virginia State Bar Conference of Local Bar Associations’ recognition of a Local Bar Leader of the Year identifies past and presently active leaders of local bar associations who have continued to offer important service to the bench, bar, and public. The award is a continuing monument to the dedication of local bar leaders. It also emphasizes the importance of close cooperation between the Virginia State Bar and local bar leaders.

The Conference of Local Bar Associations will present the Local Bar Leader of the Year Award during its annual meeting on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Virginia Beach during the VSB Annual Meeting.